Idol Headlines for 11/29/12

Carrie Underwood performs on Jimmy Kimmel Live, but it’s a repeat!

Blake Shelton appears on the Chelsea Lately Show, E! 11 pm.

‘Idol’ winner Phillips plays No Sno Ball – Last May, Phillip Phillips won the 11th season of American Idol and he’s one of the main draws at Saturday’s No Sno Ball at Mizner Park. Even if he’s another entry in Idol’s growing list of Twitter hashtag #WGWG winners — that’s White Guys With Guitars — he’s helped keep the franchise far out front of the TV competition in terms of generating relevant talent. – Read more at PBPulse

[Video] Kris Allen in Nairobi

Clay Aiken blasts ex-gay reparative therapy – Singer Clay Aiken paid a visit to The Dr. Oz Show Wednesday (28 November) to weigh in on controversial ex-gay reparative therapy who said he was ‘heartbroken’ that the topic was even being featured on the daytime syndicated show. ‘Just by the nature of the name, reparative therapy, you’re implying that something needs to be repaired – you’re implying that something’s wrong in the first place,’ Aiken said. ‘I think that puts people back 10 steps on their (coming out) journey and my journey took 10 years.’ – Read more at Gaytstarnews

‘The X Factor’ Top 8 Finalists Invade The Grove – Just three weeks until “The X Factor” awards its $5-million prize to the winner, the eight remaining contestants joined “Extra” and “The X Factor” host Mario Lopez at The Grove to dish on what life has been like as a contestant. Boy band Emblem3 told Mario their Thanksgiving was special. Drew explained, “It was actually the best Thanksgiving of my life. We weren’t just stuffing our faces, we were, for real, giving thanks.” Guy added, “Drew’s dad, like, gave a speech, started crying, everyone was in tears.”

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Backstage at X Factor: Emblem 3 Wants Guys to Love ‘Em Too! Plus, CeCe Gets Sassy – Backstage after the show, Emblem 3 was feeling confident their energetic take on The Monkees’ “I’m a Believer” was a hit. “We’re trending worldwide on Twitter!” exclaimed Keaton Stromberg. Not even judge Demi Lovato’s harsh critique—she said the trio had “lost their spark”—could dampen their spirits on this rainy Los Angeles night. “I think she just misses our first performance of our original song,” said Keaton’s bro, Wesley. “She sees us all the time playing our guitars backstage, and she wants to bring that out. She wants us to do a little more of what we really do naturally.” – Read more at EOnline

‘The X Factor’s’ CeCe Frey responds to Simon Cowell: ‘I’m not packing a suitcase’ – But Frey says she’s happier than ever on the show, and finally feels like she’s found herself as an artist. “I definitely felt like that performance tonight was all me, and I have not been able to say that about my performances in the past,” Frey told reporters after the show. “I know I tried to say ‘This is great, I love this.’ No. I have not had more fun on this show than I’ve had doing that performance tonight. It was so sassy and fierce, so me, and I loved it. Frey said the costume she wore was designed just for her and the jewels on her face intended to recall her trademark leopard spots were individually glued on. “Tonight I felt like, ‘Finally! Here I really am, take it or leave it.'” – Read more at Zap2it

‘Simon Cowell was my rock’: Louis Walsh thanks pals for support after nightmare of groping lies – Yesterday Louis won 500,000 Euros from the newspaper in an out-of-court settlement and revealed he was touched by scores of heartfelt messages of support from his celebrity pals – and revealed Cowell has been his rock throughout the nightmare ordeal. Louis said: “Simon called me today, so did Gary Barlow, so did Piers Morgan. All these people. “People have come out of the woodwork supporting me. “And Simon is a really good friend of mine. He knows me and knew. He just felt really sorry for me. – Read more at Mirror.UK

Ricky Martin Joins ‘The Voice’ Australia as Coach – Ricky Martin will join the Australian edition of The Voice as a coach for the music competition show’s second season. The first season of the show on the Nine network became the country’s top-rated TV show. Martin replaces Keith Urban who left the show to take on his new role on American Idol. Martin will join the Australian version of The Voice alongside coaches Seal, Joel Madden and Delta Goodrem for the 2013 season. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Judge Mary Murphy Accused of Forging Documents in Ex-Manager Lawsuit (EXCLUSIVE) – So You Think You Can Dance judge Mary Murphy is being accused of forging legal documents in an effort to avoid paying more than $200,000 in damages to her former manager, Celebuzz has learned. Hollywood agent Michael Sanchez has filed a complaint with the Los Angeles Superior Court in which he alleges Murphy, 54, “fraudulently altered” a summons — changing its date — to support her legal effort to toss the court’s earlier ruling to award him lost commissions. Sanchez claimed process server Diego Garijo served Murphy at her San Diego, Calif. dance studio on July 20 — not July 27, as Murphy told the court. Herein lies one major problem for Murphy: Sanchez’s court filing also includes a declaration from the process server who swears under oath that the date of service was indeed July 20. – Read more at Celebuzz

What’s worse than performing a duet with your nemesis? Having to release a “Greatest Hits” album before its time. THR’s country music expert explains. – It happens — just ask Tim McGraw how the lack of new music causes stagnancy in a competitive marketplace. As for the notion of stonewalling artists who won’t work with the “approved producers,” as Rayna puts in motion when rocker Liam McGuinnis (Treme’s Michiel Huisman) agrees to record with her? Echoes of Faith Hill’s still unreleased project with Brendan O’Brien, perhaps? In Nashville, it’s every man or woman for him or herself. Even Juliette, whose management team is watching their all-American PR match with football star Sean Butler (Tilky Jones) tank under backlash from his squeaky clean fans and piss-poor performance on the field (Tony Romo and Jessica Simpson, anyone?), recognizes there comes a point where you need to just hold your nose and get through it. – Read more at Hollywood Reporter

HUNTER HAYES AND THE WHO TO PERFORM ON “THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!! – SANTA MONICA, Calif. — Nov. 29, 2012 — Country music singer/songwriter Hunter Hayes, Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award recipients The Who and a special tribute to Johnny Cash from The Band Perry and Dierks Bentley have been added to the lineup for THE GRAMMY® NOMINATIONS CONCERT LIVE!! — COUNTDOWN TO MUSIC’S BIGGEST NIGHT®. They join previously announced performers Luke Bryan, FUN., three-time GRAMMY-winning group Maroon 5 and three-time GRAMMY winner Ne-Yo. Two-time GRAMMY winner LL COOL J and six-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift will co-host the one-hour concert special. The show — which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will take place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn., on Wednesday, Dec. 5, and will be broadcast in HDTV and 5.1 surround sound on the CBS Television Network ( from 10:00 – 11:00 PM, ET/PT (9:00 PM, CT). Presenters will be announced shortly. For updates and breaking news, please visit, and The Recording Academy®’s social networks on Twitter and Facebook at and – Read more at TV By The Numbers

Life After the Tour? – Christina Grimmie Presents The Road Show Ep. 15 – Live Tour 2012

‘Glee’s’ Melissa Benoist: Marley and Kitty’s Feud Hits an ‘Epic Pinnacle’ at Sectionals – The Hollywood Reporter: Last week, Marley shifted from being a “Wall Flower” to what Kitty dubbed “Woman Fierce.” How long can we expect that attitude to last? Melissa Benoist: From this point on, it’s going to be an uphill battle for Marley no matter what. We’ll see glimpses of that strength that she’s found through “Woman Fierce,” but she’s not finished battling her inner demons. THR: Will her anorexia intensify? Benoist: I don’t think she’s very healthy and it will intensify. It’s not something that was just a thing she was trying out. Kitty really got into her head and she’s definitely going to keep battling a lot. – Read more at The Hollywood Reporter

Clarkson, Gill Bring Some Soul To Country – Kelly Clarkson and Vince Gill delivered one of the most powerful performances during the Nov. 1 Country Music Assn. Awards with “Don’t Rush,” a song whose roots are grounded in the classic soul of Al Green, the classic country of Crystal Gayle and Clarkson’s own apologetic reaction to her spot on the 2012 CMA ballot. Though Clarkson has had country hits by guesting with Jason Aldean on “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and Reba McEntire on “Because of You,” she was sensitive about the CMA making her a female vocalist of the year candidate. “When I heard about that, it completely freaked me out,” she remembers. “I called [manager] Narvel [Blackstock] and was like, ‘How many people just got pissed off?’” Clearly, the industry appreciated Clarkson’s country cred, but she felt an urgency to live up to the nomination. With “Don’t Rush” shipped to country radio via PlayMPE on Oct. 29—three days before the awards—she certainly delivered, using R&B-flavored, late-’70s Gayle and Barbara Mandrell records as a sort of inspiration. –  Scroll to Page 3

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  • SullyD

    “Ricky Martin Joins ‘The Voice’ Australia as Coach”

    Another awesome reason to keep watching The Voice Australia <3

  • girlygirltoo

    Love the video of Kris in Nairobi. Always fun to see him dive into the culture of the places he is visiting. I think he’s right about the kids not asking him to join their dance team, though.

    I think I may get some of that jewelry to give as Xmas gifts — it’s very cool.

  • YankeeFan08

    Kelly has been added to the VH1 Divas line-up.

    Maybe they’ll do a duet. :)

  • girlygirltoo

    Since he’s been touring with Carrie, I guess this isn’t totally off topic. Hunter Hayes is going to be performing on the Grammy Nominations concert.

  • bridgette12

    He’s a good choice to represent the young artist in country music.

  • bridgette12

    I wouldn’t complain if it happened, both have been complimentary of one another and said they would love to sing other. Really glad they have added some bigger stars to VH1 Divas.

  • windmills

    girlygirltoo: Since he’s been touring with Carrie, I guess this isn’t totally off topic. Hunter Hayes is going to be performing on the Grammy Nominations concert.

    That’ll be nice exposure for Hunter. His album is obviously going to sell gold, it’s been picking up steam, it’s holiday season, and Wanted is crossing over. I think he’s a good bet to be nominated for Best New Artist which would also be big for him (I don’t think he’ll win though). 

    Page 3 of the Billboard Midweek Update has a story on Kelly’s Don’t Rush. Kelly’s quoted as saying she wondered how many people were pissed off over her being nominated for CMA Female Vocalist Of The Year. The article talks about Don’t Rush having the Al Green slow jam vibe and mentions how Barbara Mandrell had country hits with covers of soul songs by Luther Ingram and Shirley Brown. Kelly mentions she was inspired by Crystal Gayle and Bonnie Raitt. They are some quotes from the producer Dann Huff about how the recording came together. It’s a good read. It turns out one of the songwriters, Lindsay Chapman, had actually given up on songwriter and getting a cut with Kelly has gotten her back into the writing groove.

  • No Thanks

     Mini Idol reunion?  Maybe Adam, Kelly and Jordin can do something together.  Although I would kill for Adam and Kelly to throw down.

  • bridgette12

    Glad to see they added Kelly, also hoping for Pink to be on this year’s show. 

  • Miz

    Thanks for the video of Kris in Nairobi. I was hoping we’d see him dancing after they had tweeted a photo of it. He really is comfortable and natural doing this type of thing. 

    I saw promo for that Dr. Oz show and considered watching it since I know my Mother does and holds Dr. Oz in high regard. I didn’t know that Clay was on it. It really bothers me that they gave voice to the idea that being gay, etc. is something that can be ‘repaired’.

  • heartly

    Thanks for pointing me in the direction of the Billboard story.  I always enjoy reading about the different paths songs take to get released and I hope this turns out to be at least a moderate hit for all involved.  I’ve known about Blu Sanders for many years now just because of his close associations with several in Kelly’s circle and he’s had a rough couple of years so I was really happy to see he got this cut with her.  If this can jump start something for Lindsay Chapman again, that would be a good story too.


  • windmills

    Yeah, I loved the way the article went from talking about Kelly and her approach to the song and the history of country females working soul grooves at country radio to talking about the history of the writers and how the song made its way to Kelly, to talking to the producer about how the song become a record in the studio. It’s a true story behind the song, I love them when they’re done this well. 

    Wishing the best for Blu Sanders, I didn’t realize how much this could mean for him. A cut with Kelly AND a single, it’s a big deal. A great affirmation for Lindsay Chapman too.

  • Triskel4

    Kris Allen has one of the biggest hearts around.

  • Incipit

    The show — which will announce nominations in several categories as well as feature performances by past GRAMMY winners and/or nominees — will take place live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn.

    Interesting, and I have read elsewhere that the continued re-branding of Nashville as a “Town for All Music” is part of that story.

  • Chicagolaw

    I had never heard of Hunter Hayes (I’m not a country fan) but according to my cousin who is a college sophomore, he is HUGE. She loves him, and she isn’t even normally a person who listens to country.

  • kmd23

     I think Hunter Hayes is very talented. I am a fan.

  • Roger Winston

    Clay Aiken’s Joyful Noise Tour hits Raleigh NC tonight at the Durham Performing Arts Center. 

  • Hazelnut

    Looks like Kelly C is going country all the way. Good! I love country and will buy her country music.

    Saw Clay on Dr. Oz yesterday. I noticed that the first 2 experts on reparative therapy are not doctors. One was a life coach, which is fine but really, something as deep as sexual orientation “cured” by a life coach?  Clay was right, gay people don’t need to be cured, they just need to be accepted.

  • Taylor

    Hunter is big with this age group and also with teens. I hear his current single on my local CHR stations, sandwiched between songs from the likes of Kesha and Rihanna. He is having some success in crossing over to other genres.

  • Leandro
  • Sandy

    Thought Clay did great on Dr. Oz yesterday.  Got his point across well. 

  • mchcat

    He would if he sang country music – he is a pop singer

  • yksask

     Love Rickey. Wish he had been added to the US Voice.

     Watched Dr. Oz yesterday. Clay was right to be upset. Gay people are not ” broken”. He came across as very articulate and heart felt. oh and on a shallow note he looked “great”!

      He is home for his Christmas tour tonight.

  • Nadine_Bitch

    Teaching Adam Lambert how to “CHOK”, Hong Kong style!

    The facial hair is back!

  • MellyPer1692

    Mattel made a one of a kind Adam Lambert doll for charity! It’s being auctioned for Project Angel Food :). Queen outfit!

  • jeff2683

    Saw The Dr. Oz Show yesterday. Clay was great at getting his point across.  The dude was very respectful.  I give him a lot of respect for being on there with so many idiots.
    That’s great that Ricky Martin is joing Australia’s The Voice’ as Coach.  He will be really good.  

  • mmb

    LOL at that doll.  Kinda cool.  And kinda creepy.  Apparently they do a series of 7-8 dolls every year to benefit this particular charity.  I liked Katy’s last year.

  • Lucie Laniel

    Don’t know if this was posted in here somewhere but here is Scotty last night singing Holly Jolly Christmas at Rockefeller Centre…p;v=8YyFUKVJWRw

  • Chicagolaw

    Cute video. I’m liking the facial hair this time :)

  • Roger Winston

    Clay is such a prankster.

  • Taylor

    Hunter Hayes is a country artist who has a song that is crossing over to Pop. That doesn’t make him a Pop singer. It’s the same thing Rascal Flatts and Keith Urban did and they are country artists. Hunter’s music is similar to theirs.

  • yksask

     Clay has a really good sense of humor. Many have never seen this sideof him.

  • loveroftalent

    I kind of love the doll, but it’s out of my price range for sure…

  • loveroftalent

    Adam Lambert is such a stunning man… He seems to get better looking everyday….It’s like he discovered the fountain of youth…

  • girlygirltoo

    He’s a 20 (or 21)-year-old country-pop musician who is really cute, plays multiple instruments and whose last single, Wanted, went (I think) Top 5 on the country charts and has now crossed over to Top 40 radio. His album is also going to go gold, if it hasn’t already.

    He’s considered one of the leading candidates to be country music’s “Next Big Thing”

  • girlygirltoo

    He’s a little young to be worrying about finding the fountain of youth :)

  • usedtobelucy

    Elliott warming up for a cold Boston tree lighting tonight.

    Sound Check:

  • Sharon S.

    The Adam doll isn’t a perfect likeness, facially, but it’s not bad at all – and the detail in the clothing and accessories is absolutely frigging amazing.  Safe to say it’s well out of my price range, but if I had the discretionary income (or were more willing to be irresponsible with the money I do have), I’d bid on it in a heartbeat.  And I’m not even particularly big on dolls, or memorabilia in general.

  • durbesque

    Goodness follows wherever Kris goes.  His presence charms up the video and makes it relatable for me.

  • bridgette12

    He’s not a pop singer, he’s country. Isn’t he the same guy that’s opening for Carrie Underwood and I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t have a pop singer opening for her. 

  • bridgette12

    That Adam Lambert dool is cool and I love the fact it has on the Queen outfit on. A big shout out to Mattel for supporting Project Angel Food. 

  • lovesickheroine

    LMAO! Bob Dylan made a song for American Idol. It’s basically a diss on the show

  • tripp_ncwy

    coltondixon: Colton Dixon – A Messenger available 1.29.13

  • Ratna12

    Keep the videos coming, Kris.
    Love to hear all the stories and see him danced.

    I hope also that he’ll keep wearing that tan pants everyday in Kenya , that it will be too ragged to wear ever again in the US. :D

  • heartly

    Here’s an 11 minute preview clip from Blake’s Christmas show.  It has him and Reba singing, Kelly’s skit, and his performance with his mom included in it.

    Also, GAC has been running a “Making of” show for his Christmas album that someone was nice enough to put on youtube.  Part 1 has Michael Buble and Kelly in it.

    Part 1:
    Part 2:

  • windmills

    girlygirltoo: He’s
    a 20 (or 21)-year-old country-pop musician who is really cute, plays
    multiple instruments and whose last single, Wanted, went (I think) Top 5
    on the country charts and has now crossed over to Top 40 radio. His
    album is also going to go gold, if it hasn’t already.

    He’s considered one of the leading candidates to be country music’s “Next Big Thing”

    Yes. Hunter played every single instrument on his self titled debut album and cowrote every song on it. Hunter’s debut album sold 18k its 1st week out (which was October 11 2011, the same day as Lauren Alaina’s album came out). The album sold 21k last week to bring its total to 379k so this is an example of an album that’s just starting to build a head of steam. The album was just certified gold.

    Hunter’s released 2 singles to country radio: Storm Warning which peaked at #14 Billboard and Wanted which peaked at #1. Storm Warning went gold and Wanted has sold over 1.865 million downloads already. That’s before really making an impact at pop (Wanted is currently #33 at Mediabase CHR/Pop and #26 HAC). 

    bridgette12: He’s not a pop singer, he’s country. Isn’t he the same guy that’s opening for Carrie Underwood and I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t have a pop singer opening for her.

    Yes, Hunter is currently Carrie’s primary and only opening act. I’d say he leans pop/country, in that Rascal Flatts/Keith Urban area like Taylor said. His voice reminds me a lot of Gary LeVox of Rascal Flatts which is why it’s hard for me to get into his music but, I feel like I ‘get’ his appeal more now that I’ve seen him live twice (a couple months ago and last night, both at Carrie shows).

    Hunter’s been called the male Taylor Swift and country Bieber which shows where his appeal is thought to lie and how big people think he can get (and where some of the putdowns come from). He has a lot of momentum going right now. He’s not a great singer but, he’s definitely a very talented musician with growing appeal and business smarts.

    heartly: Here’s an 11 minute preview clip from Blake’s Christmas show. It has him and Reba singing, Kelly’s skit, and his performance with his mom included in it.

    Kelly’s is the by far the clip with the most spark. She’s hilarious! She’s always funny off the cuff but I didn’t necessarily expect her to do as well with scripted stuff. But OMG, she totally let loose and it’s fantastic!

  • Nadine_Bitch

    [LIvE!] MAMA press conference : Adam lambert says he like Big Bang’s clothes #mama2012

    As expected. lol
    And a collaboration would be awesome, too:)